Val Thorens is very lucky as it has the longest toboggan course in France. It is 6km long and there are some quite steep sections so even ‘Mr Cool’ will get a little scared! It starts at an altitude of 3000m and drops 700 vertical metres. Normally lots of crashes happen and even more laughs, this is really good fun and highly recommended. Go with as many people as possible to make it more fun. As with everything in the world today nothing is free, it costs 18€ per go, but if you already have a lift pass it is reduced to 12€ (make sure you bring your lift pass with you).
They provide a sledge and a helmet, however if you already have a helmet (if you don’t WHY NOT!) bring it with you as theirs can get a little sweaty.
If this is not tough enough for you, well why not try it in the dark?! Yep they do evening sledding between 5pm-6pm, in December and January it is quite dark at that time. There is a price reduction if you do more than one go.
Beware it is a lot lot faster if it hasn’t snowed for a while therefore it is more hard packed!
New for 2010/11 is the baby version of the Toboggan, this is located at Place de Caron (just outside Tourist Office) and is for kids from 2 years old to 6 years old. This has been here for a couple of years now but in 2010 the resort has made it much better. They have also added another Toboggan run from the Place de Caron for 6-10 year olds, this has some twist and turns and drops 45m vertical. Both runs are completely free and you do not need a lift pass as you use the free carpet lift.
If you are a non-skier Val Thorens offers a non-skiers lift pass which includes lots of non-skiing activities which Tobogganing is one. Click on the Val Thorens lift pass page or here for more information.
If you want to see exactly how it is before you try yourself, we found this YouTube video of a group of friends enjoying it!